Thursday, October 12, 2006

France Air mail stamp of 1947

You know that I like, from time to time, to show you some old nice French stamps. This is the case again today with this Air mail stamp issued in 1947 for the 12th UPU congress. Once again, this stamp has been designed by Pierre Gandon, the famous stamp designer/engraver.
This large stamp pictures a bird flying above the center of Paris : “l’ile Saint Louis” and “l’ile de la Cité”, the two main islands of the Seine river. Located on the “ile de la Cité”, you can see Notre Dame, Paris cathedral.
On top of a lot of nice commemorative stamps, Pierre Gandon is also the designer of three major definitive sets used in the 40’s (Marianne de Gandon), in the 70’s (Sabine de Gandon) and in the 80’s (Liberté).

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